Loose Pucks

By Ron Valerino

Forge in Final Showdown for Junior A National Title:

This weekend the Pittsburgh Forge will participate in the USA Hockey Junior
A National Championships at the Valley Ice Garden in Bozeman, Montana. The
four-team event will pit the North American Hockey League’s top two teams —
the Forge and the Compuware Ambassadors — against the America West Hockey
League’s top two teams — the Bozeman Ice Dogs and the Fernie Ghostriders.
The Gold Cup, emblematic of Junior A supremacy in the United States, will be
presented to the champion of this two-day tournament.

Action is scheduled to get underway on Friday (May 3) when Compuware
(48-11-5), the NAHL regular season and post-season champion, squares off
against AWHL runner-up Fernie (44-21-3) at 5:00 p.m. Mountain (7:00 p.m.
Eastern). Pittsburgh (41-18-4), the NAHL runner-up, will face the host team
Bozeman (51-13-4), the AWHL regular season and post-season champion, at 8:00
p.m. Mountain time (10:00 p.m. Eastern).

The losers of Friday’s contests will meet in the consolation game on
Saturday (May 4) at 5:00 p.m. Mountain (7:00 p.m. Eastern), and the winners
of Friday’s games will play one game for the national championship at 8:00
p.m. Mountain time (10:00 p.m. Eastern).
Both games involving the Forge will be broadcast live on the Internet. Fans
can listen in by logging on to www.pittsburghforge.com or
www.redzonemedia.com.

The Forge finished second in the Eastern Division of the NAHL during the
regular season with a record of 37-15-4, then advanced to the championship
round of the league playoffs by defeating the Cleveland Barons (two games to
none) in the first round and the Texas Tornado (two games to one) in the
semi-finals. Pittsburgh then lost to Compuware, two games to none, in NAHL
Championship Series up in Detroit last weekend.


PITTSBURGH FORGE NAHL JUNIOR A …… NEWS :

Find all the info you need on Pittsburgh’s new Junior A team at:
http://www.pittsburghforge.com/
http://www.nahl.com/


PITTSBURGH AMATEUR PENGUINS JUNIOR B’s:

Pittsburgh Amateur Penguins Junior Hockey
http://www.pittsburghjuniorhockey.com/


EMPIRE JUNIOR B HOCKEY LEAGUE

** Junior B and Junior Prep tryout camps are in full swing.
Check the website for more info. **


PITTSBURGH PROSPECTS STATS 2001/2002 Season ….

** PLAYOFFS INCLUDED **

PITTSBURGH  BORN  PROSPECTS  STATS :
Player             POS  Team               GP   G   A  PTS  PIM
Bill Thomas        F    Cleveland NAHL     52  12  17  29   16
                        Playoff             2   0   0   0    6
Carmin Posteraro   F    Capital NAHL       49  10  11  21   74
                        Playoff             3   0   0   0    0
Dave Gallagher     F    Texas NAHL         56  13  14  27    8
                        Playoff             4   0   0   0    0
Sean Berkstressor  F    Pittsburgh NAHL     46   7   7  14   62
                        Playoff             5   0   2   2    2
Bernie Chmiel      D    Pittsburgh NAHL     53  10  20  30   65
                        Playoff             6   0   2   2   20
Brian Hartman      D    Pittsburgh NAHL     56   3   6   9  135
                        Playoff             6   0   1   1   12
Mike Handza        F    Pittsburgh NAHL     56  21  34  55   72
                        Playoff             6   0   2   2    4
Denis Kirstein     F    Pittsburgh NAHL     53   2  12  14   73
                        Playoff             6   0   0   0    8
Dylan Reese        D    Pittsburgh NAHL     55   8  24  32   74
                        Playoff             6   0   0   0    4
Chris Wey          D    Pittsburgh NAHL     33   0   0   0   32
                        Playoff             6   0   1   1    2
Ken Trombetta      F    Pittsburgh NAHL     55  11  23  34   67
                        Playoff             6   0   3   3    2
Pat Levendusky     F    Pittsburgh NAHL     50  25  19  44   20
                        Playoff             6   4   1   5    8
Gabe Rehak         F    Pittsburgh NAHL    25   3   4   7   48
                        Playoff             6   1   0   1   16
Lou Garriton       F    Billings AWHL      50  32  26  58   24
                        Playoff             4   0   0   0    0
JB Bittner         F    Ohio State CCHA 36   8   7  15   39
R.J. Umberger      F    Ohio State CCHA    37  18  21  39   31
Jason Crain        D    Ohio State CCHA    40   5   7  12   48
Keith Stanich      D    Wayne State CHA    35   2  16  18   42
Jamie King         D    Mercyhurst MAAC    32   4   2   6   14
DJ Miller          F    Connecticut MAAC   34  14   9  23   14
Ryan Malone        F    St. Cloud WCHA     41  24  25  49   76
Tucker Veenis      D    Colgate ECAC       29   1   4   5   16
Joe Gual           F    Dartmouth ECAC      8   0   1   1    2
Jim Abbott         F    New Hampshire HE   38   9  20  29   48
Cliff Loya         D    Maine HE           43   0   5   5   44
Matt Puntureri     F    Guelph   OHL       55   2   2   4   19
Clayton LaBrosse   F    Sioux City   USHL  35   3   5   8   18
                        Playoff             3   0   0   0   42
John Zeiler        F    Sioux City   USHL  60  23  27  50  116
                        Playoff             7   1   3   4   19
Nate Guerin        D    Green Bay USHL     56 4  11  15  150
                        Playoff             7   3   3   6   10

                                           GPI  AVG   W  L  SOL SO   SPCT
Mike Betz          G    Ohio State CCHA    40   2.60 20 16   4   0   0.900
Tim Heneroty       G    Pittsburgh NAHL    49   2.56 33 12   3   2   0.907
                        Playoff             6   2.33  4  2   0   0   0.925
Mike Polidor       G    Air Force CHA      28   3.39 13 13   1   0   0.887
Dwight LaBrosse    G    Guelph OHL    31   3.22 15 11   2   1   0.891
Kris Mayotte       G    Sioux City   USHL  28   2.57 16  6   3   2   0.910
                        Playoff             1   0.00  0  0   0   0   1.000
Kevin Reiter       G    Alaska   WCHA      20   3.36  7  9   3   0   0.877
Chris Ries         G    Colby NESCAC       14   2.68  7  4   2   2   0.881

** Anyone knowing of a Pittsburgh kid playing minor pro, college or Junior
A, send me an email with updates and I’ll include him in the stats **

UNTIL NEXT TIME ….. Stay On-Sides